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Boss Level | Average Guy Movie Review

Roy (Frank Grillo) is a man with a problem; everyday he wakes up to the sound of people trying to kill him. But that's not really it. No, the real problem is that they succeed, and Roy has to wake up and do it all over again. That's right, Roy is stuck in a time loop, and he has no idea why. What he does know is that it has something to do with his ex-wife Jemma (Naomi Watts) and her boss Colonel Clive Ventor (Mel Gibson). Now he just has to live long enough to figure out the rest. Joe Carnahan has taken the whole Groundhog Day /time loop idea and made it into a high-octane action movie. From start to finish Boss Level  is pure insanity, and it revels in it - especially in the inventive ways it manages to keep killing our hero. The whole thing plays out like a video game, especially when it comes to the splendiferously over the top action. In any other situation you'd question how a man could get away with causing so much carnage without the appearance of a single police of

The Grand Tour Presents: Lochdown | Average Guy TV Review

  Clarkson, Hammond and May are off on another adventure, and during lockdown. This time they're driving across Scotland in three American cars from the 1970's, in an attempt to discover why cars from across the pond never really took off here in the UK. Which can only mean one thing... no caravan is safe! You'd think a road trip in 2020 wouldn't be all that entertaining, instead, Lochdown  actually proves to be one of The Grand Tour 's better episodes, in recent memory anyway. The fact is the car nut trio's last couple of outings have been a little gimmicky, but the restrictions forced them to go back to basics with this one. Which as it turns out, is a very good thing.  The whole thing actually feels less scripted, like they were able to rely on the random occurrences that can occur with any road trip.  It certainly doesn't take long for the laughs to start flowing.  Lochdown  actually feels like classic Top Gear  - three loveable idiots pissing about in c

The Tomorrow War | Average Guy Movie Review

Christmas 2022, soldiers from the future arrive to warn us of a global conflict that threatens the entire human race. In response, the governments of the world initiate a draft and begin sending waves of troops into the future to fight.  If you're thinking this all sounds kind of like  The Terminator , only in reverse, you wouldn't be far wrong. In fact it seems to draw inspiration from several classic franchises, including  Alien . Even with a slightly different take on the whole time travel thing - don't worry, this isn't like  Avengers: Endgame  -  The Tomorrow War  is a pretty standard sci-fi/action movie. As you can imagine it's all  a bit bleak; alien invasion, human extinction - yep, sounds bleak. But the movie does have a fun side - like every time Sam Richardson picks up a weapon. This is an alien invasion/time travel movie, after all, so if we're not having a little fun, what are we doing here?   All of the usual questions and paradoxes apply as our he

The Ice Road | Average Guy Movie Review

When an explosion traps 26 miners underground at a remote diamond mine in Canada, a risky plan is put together to deliver the equipment needed for the rescue effort. A team of ice road truckers must drive the equipment to the mine along an ice road, and they have only thirty hours before the miners run out of air. But given that it's April, there's a chance that the ice may not be thick enough to hold the rigs and their cargo. Do you ever get the feeling that Liam Neeson enjoys working in really cold environments? The Grey , Cold Pursuit , and now The Ice Road . This would certainly suggest he isn't averse to the idea, anyway. But if you're thinking that this simply sounds like Ice Road Truckers  the movie, you're only half right.  As an action/thriller, however,  The Ice Road  never really manages to be all that thrilling, even with Liam Neeson and Laurence Fishburne headlining.  A movie about a team of truckers battling the elements should make for quite a tense a

Honest Thief | Average Guy Movie Review

After successfully robbing a series of banks, Tom Dolan (Liam Neeson) meets Annie Wilkins (Kate Walsh), and they soon fall in love. However Tom decides that if they are to have a chance at a happy life together, he must first pay for his sins. But when he tries to turn himself in, he is framed for murder by two corrupt FBI agents looking to keep the stolen money for themselves. Now Tom must utilise his "particular set of skills" to clear his name... so he can turn himself in and go to prison. The first thing that strikes you when watching Honest Thief  is; if you're a bank robber looking to give up your life of crime, and the authorities have no clue who you are, maybe just stop robbing banks. It seems like a lot less hassle. You can always find a way to anonymously return the money, that is, if you want to. The second thing that strikes you is that simply quitting being a bank robber would definitely be the easier choice, given all of the extra crimes you'll have to

Without Remorse | Average Guy Movie Review

When his wife and several members of his Seal team are killed, Senior Chief John Kelly (Michael B. Jordon) takes it upon himself to find the killers. But when he discovers that the killings are part of a larger conspiracy - one with global ramifications - he is forced to work with the government in order to catch the real culprit. Amazon expands on the Tom Clancy universe they established with the John Krasinski led Jack Ryan , by introducing one of his well-known allies; John Kelly (A.K.A. John Clark). However, Ryan is more analyst than action man (certainly at first, anyway), whereas Kelly is an 'operator', and his entrance into this world is slightly more explosive. Despite being more of a blunt instrument, Kelly is intuitive and resourceful, something Jordan carries well. A scene involving Kelly posing as a drunk is a perfect example of this (even if the costume department didn't dirty him up enough). The actor also brings an intensity and determination to the role, mak

The Mauritanian | Average Guy Movie Review

The story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Tahar Rahim), a man who was believed to have been involved in the planning of 9/11. He was held at Guantanamo Bay for years without trial. Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster) and Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley) were the lawyers who took his case, and Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch) was the military lawyer assigned to prosecute. What they discovered was a a case built on flimsy, circumstantial evidence and forced confessions. Based on Slahi's book 'Guantanamo Diary' (which he wrote while still incarcerated) this is a shocking look at US counter-terrorism activities after 9/11, and how that event was used to justify "questionable" actions. In that way it would make an eye-opening double feature with The Report  starring Adam Driver - both movies are available on Amazon Prime Video. Much like The Report , this is a story that should be told. And not just for Mohamedou, but for all those who were locked up at Guantanamo for years witho

Moustache Lockdown Streaming Survival Guide Part 19 | Coming 2 America

As the lifting of the lockdown looks to be on the horizon - I said "looks to be", I didn't say "is" - it's time to return to a place we haven't been to in 30 years. That's right, in what could be one of the last entries in our Moustache Lockdown Streaming Survival Guide, we are going back to Zamunda! There's still time to check out our Lockdown Streaming Survival Guide in its entirety, which you can find by clicking here . It has been thirty years since Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) journeyed to America in search of his true love, and in that time he and Princess Lisa (Shari Headley) have raised three beautiful daughters. But under Zamundan law only a man can ascend the throne, and with the threat of war with the neighbouring Nextdoria looming, Akeem finds himself under pressure from the ailing King Jaffe (James Earl Jones) to produce a male heir. So when Baba the witch doctor (Arsenio Hall) has a vision of an illegitimate son living in Queens, Ake

Moustache Lockdown Streaming Survival Guide Part 14 | Star Trek: Lower Decks

Finally the animated show that depicts the other side of life in Starfleet has arrived on UK shores - well at least in our TV's anyway. That's right, in the latest edition of our Moustache Lockdown Streaming Survival Guide we will be talking about Season 1 of Star Trek: Lower Decks. You can check out the rest of our Lockdown Streaming Survival Guide by clicking here . Have you ever wondered how Starfleet vessels run so smoothly? Wondered who takes care of the day to day stuff? Well that would be the lower deck crew of course, and it's about time they got their very own TV show. Now we can see what this colourful band of reprobates get up to as we join the crew of the USS Cerritos on some of Starfleet's less glamorous missions.  As tight ropes go, Mike McMahan has found himself a particularly tricky one with Star Trek: Lower Decks. But walk it he has - and in particular style - finding a way to both celebrate and poke fun at a beloved franchise like Star Trek. This may p